Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Tottenham vs Nottingham Forest

Verdict: Tottenham win & Both teams to score

Best Odds: 17/10

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Desperate to make an immediate return to winning ways on Sunday evening, Tottenham will welcome Nottingham Forest to north London.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, although Tottenham might still be dreaming of the chance to book a lucrative Champions League return this season, Spurs are seeking some recent stability. Forced to settle for a 1-1 stalemate away at historic rivals West Ham earlier in the week, Spurs missed out on the chance to skyrocket their way back into the top-four. However, despite gaining a reputation for their extended issues on the road, Ange Postecoglou’s men will certainly be excited to make a return to north London here. Facing what is billed as a must-win showdown on Sunday evening, the former Celtic boss should be smelling a potential opportunity this weekend. Marking their return from March’s international break with a turnaround 2-1 victory against Luton, the former Celtic boss has seen his squad win eight of their previous 10 showdowns in front of their own supporters – a flurry that stems back to December 7th.

Team News

All still dealing with respective injury issues, Tottenham will once again be without the trio of Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon and former Southampton shot-stopper Fraser Forster this weekend. However, making a full return against West Ham in midweek, Dutch defender Micky van de Men will once again partner Cristian Romero at the back.

Coming under recent scrutiny and notching just a single Premier League goal since the end of October, England international James Maddison could be handed a rest here. Former Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski could be handed a full recall on Sunday evening.

Nottingham Forest

As for the visitors, making what was a crucial return to winning ways earlier in the week, Nottingham Forest know the importance of using that performance as a platform to build on. Eventually breezing their way to a 3-1 romp at home against Fulham, Nuno Espirito Santo is desperate to find some Premier League stability over the final couple of months. Still looking over their shoulder at a looming relegation scrap and dealing with plenty of public issues behind the scenes, the former Wolves boss will also have a real headache over his side’s extended issues away from the City Ground. In fact, Forest have collected just a single Premier League win on their travels since a 1-0 victory away at Chelsea on September 2nd. Hit with a 2-0 loss when they welcomed Spurs to Nottingham for their reverse top-flight contest back on December 15th, Santo’s men are tipped as a real landslide underdog here.

Team News

Dealing with a muscle injury on either side of March’s international break, Nigeria international Taiwo Awoniyi remains a doubt on Sunday evening. Likewise, Arenal loanee Nuno Tavares is not expected to travel to the capital this weekend after dealing with an extended knock.

Once again finding the net against Fulham earlier in the week and getting on the scoresheet in all of his previous three Premier League appearances, New Zealand international Chris Wood will spearhead Forest’s charge in north London. Former Norwich starlet Andrew Omobamidele will partner Murillo at the heart of Santo’s defence.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Tottenham and Nottingham Forest met for their reverse Premier League meeting on December 15th, Spurs collected a 2-0 victory at the City Ground.
    • Tottenham have won five of their previous six meetings against Sunday’s guests.
    • Spurs have won eight of their last 10 home fixtures across all competitions.
    • Nottingham Forest have collected just a single Premier League victory away from the City Ground since back on September 2nd.
    • New Zealand international Chris Wood has found the net in all of his previous three Premier League appearances on the bounce.

    Conclusion

    Forced to settle for a single point away at West Ham earlier in the week and missing out on another opportunity to break into the Champions League spots, Tottenham face what is a real must-win showdown here. Winning eight of their previous 10 matchups in north London, Spurs will be excited by a rampant record against Nottingham Forest. Landing a 2-0 victory when they travelled to the City Ground for their reverse Premier League battle on December 15th, we are backing Tottenham to claim an immediate response this weekend.

    Verdict: Tottenham win & Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 17/10

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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